March 27, 2015 1:23 PM
PITTSBURGH - Authorities say a Pennsylvania woman used forged documents to pretend to be a lawyer for a decade and was in line to be named partner when her fraud was discovered. Forty-five-year-old Kimberly Kitchen, of James Creek, was charged Thursday with forgery and unauthorized practice of law. The attorney... more »
March 2, 2015 10:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state has started issuing state tax refunds, it announced Monday.
Refunds were withheld for about two weeks so the state could more thoroughly screen tax returns in light of fraudulent returns being filed across the country The Department of Revenue originally said it would not... more »
February 27, 2015 3:33 AM
BAKER - The state attorney general says a Baker couple has been arrested on charges of allegedly conspiring to defraud the state's Medicaid program of more than $400,000. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says 41-year-old Shonda Augustus was arrested Feb. 4 and her husband, 36-year-old Melvin Williams, was arrested Tuesday.... more »
February 27, 2015 3:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - A Harvey woman is accused of falsifying information on her own tax return and those of clients of her tax preparation business. State revenue officials, in a news release Thursday, said Lisa Adams allegedly submitted state tax returns for Omega Tax Services clients containing false business losses.... more »
February 19, 2015 11:23 PM
LIVINGSTON - Some charges against contractor Corey Delahoussaye were dropped Thursday.
Delahoussaye is accused of over-billing Livingston Parish for work related to Hurricane Gustav clean up.
Twenty-two of the 81 counts against him were dropped by the district attorney in the area. The dropped charges are related to... more »
February 11, 2015 4:19 PM
PORT ALLEN- A bench warrant was issued today for a man accused in a voter fraud scheme as recalled Mayor Deedy Slaughter tried to keep her seat. Today, the entire case was turned over to the District Attorney's office.
Last week, Larry Profit was taken out of the courthouse... more »
February 6, 2015 1:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana revenue officials said they've discovered more than 2,000 attempts to file fraudulent tax returns through popular tax software this year.
The Department of Revenue said 2,011 returns filed through Intuit / TurboTax have been filed as fraudulent.
"To our knowledge, our systems at the... more »
January 31, 2015 4:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Virginia man faces felony charges in Louisiana for allegedly stealing thousands in illegally obtained state income tax refunds. Charles Lawrence Fisher, of Palmyra, Virginia, is accused of submitting Louisiana individual income tax returns in the names of two unsuspecting Louisiana residents and directing the refunds to... more »
January 16, 2015 10:57 AM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities filed charges against a New Orleans woman who's accused of filing false state tax returns for a number of people, including some prison inmates.
Investigators charged Thelma Jean Lee with multiple felonies for filing 38 faked tax returns and getting thousands of dollars in refunds... more »
December 31, 2014 12:33 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. - The University of North Carolina's top official says the Chapel Hill school is firing a professor who once led the faculty there for her role in the academic fraud scandal that's rocked the state's flagship public university. University Chancellor Carol Folt said in a letter Wednesday that... more »
December 4, 2014 10:21 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A LaPlace man has pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with claims arising from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite's office says 33-year-old Charlie English pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Prosecutors said English worked as... more »
November 25, 2014 5:56 AM
LAFAYETTE - State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income. During their investigation, state police say it was discovered that 47-year-old Alan Jude... more »
November 20, 2014 2:26 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A Hammond man accused of stealing identities to file bogus tax returns was sentenced to more than two year in prison on Thursday morning.
32-year-old Darrell Harland was ordered to pay more than $65,000 in restitution to the I.R.S. and sentenced to 32 months in prison... more »
November 1, 2014 5:45 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. - The U.S. Justice Department says the operator of community health centers in Baton Rouge and a patient recruiter for a community mental health center in Houston have been sentenced in a $258 million Medicare fraud scheme. The sentences were handed down Friday in federal court in... more »
September 25, 2014 7:35 AM
SHREVEPORT - A federal grand jury has indicted former Bossier Parish Sheriff Larry Deen and two owners of Blakey Auto Plex LLC in connection with an alleged scheme to enrich themselves through their handling of a public vehicle. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley says the indictment lists Deen and co-defendants Clinton... more »
September 12, 2014 3:20 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Justice Department officials are pressing Congress for a new law to help them prosecute criminals overseas who traffic in stolen credit cards. It's part of an effort to combat an increasingly lucrative crime that crosses national boundaries. Authorities say the current law is too weak because it... more »
September 4, 2014 2:28 PM
RICHMOND, VA - A jury has convicted former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, of corruption, fraud and bribery, after the couple accepted more than $165,000 of gifts and loans from a businessman. Both Bob and Maureen bowed heads and wept as a chorus of "guilty" kept coming... more »
September 3, 2014 4:41 PM
ST. MARTINVILLE - Police are on the search for a man accused of fraud with contractor fraud this summer.
St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office are looking for Neal Joseph Laperouse, 51, for taking money from two clients without performing the work.
Investigators say Laperouse also has warrants for... more »
August 26, 2014 3:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - Federal authorities say a Louisiana psychiatrist has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison for his role in a Medicare fraud scheme. The Justice Department says Dr. Zahid Imran was sentenced Monday for his role in the $258 million scheme. The department says the scheme... more »
August 21, 2014 11:52 AM
MONROE - Three Monroe grocery store workers have pleaded guilty for their roles in a scheme to exchange SNAP and WIC benefits to customers for cash and ineligible items. U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley said Wednesday 27-year-old Angela Woods, of Monroe, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal conspiracy before... more »
August 13, 2014 7:50 PM
RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA- A woman who was videotaped walking the runway in a beauty pageant was busted for fraud because she was collecting workers' comp benefits after claiming she had a broken toe.
The California State Department of Insurance says Shawna Lynn Palmer claimed she broke her toe while working... more »
August 13, 2014 4:14 PM
SLIDELL - Police arrested a Slidell woman after they said she used her dead sister's identity to get free medical attention.
Detectives said Diondre Jones, 26, checked into Slidell Memorial Hospital under the name of her late sister, Delores Jones. Police said she also gave hospital staff her deceased... more »
August 7, 2014 4:42 PM
SLIDELL - Sheriff's deputies in St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said they arrested three people accused of unauthorized use of food stamps after an investigation by the state Department of Children and Family Services.
Each of the suspects concealed information about their household during the application process in order... more »
June 27, 2014 7:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - A woman living in North Baton Rouge says she's the victim of electricity fraud.
Michelle Williams owes more than $1,000 to Entergy. Bills she can't pay because of her fixed income.
"Stressed and depressed. That about sums it up, stressed and depressed," she said about... more »
June 20, 2014 6:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - A second auditor from the Louisiana Department of Children Family Services has pleaded guilty in a fraud case that bilked the department of thousands in federal funds. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Friday in a news release that 38-year-old Kaneasha Goston, of Baton Rouge, pleaded guilty Thursday... more »
June 16, 2014 9:45 PM
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested a 41-year-old handyman and charged him with home improvement fraud and felony theft.
Investigators say Marland Hunter, 41, accepted money up front for jobs he either only halfway completed or never fully started. Hunter was arrested last Friday in connection with a job he... more »
June 12, 2014 3:56 PM
BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Attorney's Office said a federal jury convicted a man behind a multi-million dollar Medicare fraud scheme Thursday.
The jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty for Ahaoma Ohia, 60, on seven counts of wire fraud.
Prosecutors said Ohia defrauded Medicare of several million... more »
June 12, 2014 3:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Attorney's Office in Baton Rouge said a third DCFS auditor has been charged with federal program fraud on Thursday.
Corey Polk, 33, allegedly signed off on fraudulent reimbursement requests and split the money with his supervisor.
Polk is also accused of the fraudulent... more »
June 9, 2014 12:44 PM
ZACHARY - The Louisiana Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit said on Monday they have charged nine people in connection with a Medicaid fraud scheme.
The charges come after the AG's Office said an audit of Zachary-based Medicaid provider, Empowering Care Services, LLC, revealed the company had improperly billed... more »
June 9, 2014 12:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - Individuals from Denham Springs and New Roads were among the 15 convicted of receiving more than $116,000 in ineligible benefits after an investigation by the Department of Children and Family Services.
All of the convicted individuals were charged with falsely reporting household composition or income to... more »
June 6, 2014 11:43 AM
BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested five people recently who are accused of using dead relatives or other false information to get public assistance following Hurricane Isaac in 2012.
East Baton Rouge Sheriff's deputies arrested 27-year-old Sarah Sonnier of Baton Rouge, 57-year-old Louvanna Pope of Baker, 55-year-old Juanita Russell... more »
June 4, 2014 8:11 PM
LOS ANGELES- Disability fraud charges were filed against a man who played a dancing hamster in a Kia car commercial and who was a backup dancer for Madonna.
The California Department of Insurance says Leroy Barnes of Los Angeles collected $51,000 in workers compensation payments.
Barnes is 27... more »
May 29, 2014 4:49 PM
BATON ROUGE - A federal judge formally sentenced one of the organizers of the defunct Powerhouse Gym in Baton Rouge for their part in a fraud to get money for the business.
District Judge James Brady sentenced Ronald Olah, 35, to eight months in a halfway house and two... more »
May 20, 2014 11:54 AM
BATON ROUGE - State troopers are cautioning the public about a phone scam fraudulently using the authority of the Louisiana State Police in an effort to obtain money from victims.
An LSP spokesperson said citizens have complained of impersonators contacting them by name on their home or cell phones... more »
May 16, 2014 2:37 PM
WASHINGTON - Lying to the federal health insurance man could cost you dearly. The Obama administration Friday spelled out civil fines of up to $250,000 for knowingly and willfully providing false information to get taxpayer-subsidized coverage under the new health care law. New regulations say the fines also apply for... more »
May 13, 2014 12:44 PM
WASHINGTON - A government investigator says the Internal Revenue Service paid more than $13 billion in tax credits last year to people who may not have qualified. The Earned Income Tax Credits were supposed to go to low-income working families. The agency's inspector general issued a report Tuesday saying the... more »
April 17, 2014 3:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans woman has been arrested for allegedly defrauding the state of more than $900,000 through the filing of false tax returns. The state Department of Revenue said Thursday that 28-year-old Kenshika Jiles was arrested Wednesday and booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on... more »
April 10, 2014 6:58 AM
BATON ROUGE - State Treasurer John Kennedy says 3,900 former Louisiana State University students can get refunds online for money lost to employee fraud at a McDonald's on campus. He says LSU asked his department to help return the money to alumni and former students. Campus police said in March... more »
April 9, 2014 1:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Justice filed federal charges today against a DCFS audit director already facing state-level charges he misused department funds.
U. S. Attorney Walt Green filed a bill of information to charge Delrice Augustus with federal program fraud. If convicted, he faces up to 10... more »
March 28, 2014 10:36 PM
PORT ALLEN - An investigation involving voter fraud in Port Allen has roped in the District Attorney's Office, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Secretary of State's Office.
The Sheriff's Office told News Two, hundreds of people faxed a request to vote for Port Allen mayor... more »
March 28, 2014 4:44 PM
PORT ALLEN- Less than a week before voters head to the polls to elect a Mayor in Port Allen, the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and the Secretary of State's Office have launched an investigation into possible voter fraud, WBRZ News 2 Chief Investigator Chris Nakamoto has learned.
... more »
March 27, 2014 7:01 AM
BATON ROUGE - LSU Police arrested four fast food workers recently in connection with a scheme to overcharge university students who paid for meals at the student union McDonald's with a school-issued card.
Investigators said records showed at least $31,000 in overcharges were made while the scheme went on,... more »
March 20, 2014 11:28 PM
BATON ROUGE- The state banned the use of EBT cards at various stores, mostly ones that do not primarily sell food and are mainly for amusement.
"The rule is aimed at preventing electronic benefit transfer (EBT) transactions at specific types of stores, vendors and establishments which sell goods or... more »
March 18, 2014 6:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - As Mac McQuown walked to the steps of Capitol today, he expected to meet some friends, show his patriotism, and raise awareness about homeless veterans, but what he got was a confrontation with an angry veteran.
"He's a fraud," said the man who did not want... more »
February 28, 2014 11:37 PM
SORRENTO- An insurance quote for the town's police force was fraudulent and the man who wrote it was arrested, according to an arrest warrant obtained by WBRZ News 2 Friday.
Henry Beard, Jr. faces acts prohibited charges. Investigators said he kept doing insurance work, illegally, after he lost his... more »
February 28, 2014 5:28 PM
BATON ROUGE - State officials said more people have been disqualified from the food stamps program due to abuse during an outage last fall, bringing the total up to 13.
The Department of Child and Family Services said they're still going after 500 of the most extreme cases of... more »
February 28, 2014 3:11 PM
BATON ROUGE- Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says it would be hard to prosecute fraud cases against Louisiana residents who overspent food stamp limits during a computer crash last October. Caldwell said Friday there's no evidence of who presented the food stamp card, and he says no stores complained about the... more »
February 28, 2014 12:03 PM
BATON ROUGE - A Zachary woman has been arrested for defrauding the state's Medicaid program.
36 year old Sekari Washington Davis is accused of fraud and theft, along with laundering more than $100,000 through her Baton Rouge personal care agency.
The arrest came from a joint investigation involving... more »
February 18, 2014 11:41 AM
BATON ROUGE - An Alabama man has been arrested in Baton Rouge for filing false state income tax returns in Louisiana.
Investigators say John Nikolakis received nearly $32,000 in refunds by filing false returns over the last four plus years.
He faces 23 counts of filing false public... more »
February 4, 2014 7:16 PM
WASHINGTON- The Pentagon is investigating hundreds of soldiers and civilians for using a National Guard recruiting program to get illegal payments and kickbacks to the tune of $29-million and counting.
Two Army generals briefed members of Congress about it on Tuesday. The program taken advantage of offered $2,000 to... more »
February 3, 2014 10:54 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Department of Children and Family Services is interviewing people whose transactions were flagged after a glitch in the food stamp system allowed overspending in October.
As many as 12,000 transactions are questionable and 500 questionnaires have been sent to the highest offenders a DCFS spokesperson said... more »
January 15, 2014 10:55 PM
WASHINGTON- Senator David Vitter (R-Louisiana) is pushing to require people who use food stamps to show a valid photo ID when buying items.
"Using a photo ID is standard in many day to day transactions, and most of those are not exclusively paid for by the taxpayer dollars," Vitter... more »
December 17, 2013 11:35 AM
NEW ORLEANS - BP is suing a Texas lawyer, saying he fraudulently claimed to represent 40,000 deckhands who lost money because of the 2010 oil spill.
The lawsuit claims more than half of the Social Security numbers on Mikal Watts' client list were fake.
BP says the fraud... more »
December 12, 2013 12:10 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals has hired a new person to help identify fraud and waste in Medicaid spending.
William Root will serve as the chief compliance officer.
The department has gone more than two years without its own auditor. DHH Secretary Kathy Kleibert... more »
October 11, 2013 8:45 AM
BATON ROUGE - A 51-year-old Plaquemine woman has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after admitting she led a $300,000 Medicare fraud scheme that also resulted in prison terms for her mother and daughter. Chief U.S. District Judge Brian A. Jackson ordered Linda Jackson, no relation, into immediate... more »
October 10, 2013 11:59 AM
NEW ORLEANS - A former state representative has pleaded guilty to tax fraud in federal court today.
Former state Rep. Girod Jackson entered his plea on three tax fraud accounts in U.S. District Court in New Orelans. Jackson resigned from the Lousiana Legislature in August after being charged with... more »
September 16, 2013 11:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - Five people in the Baton Rouge area are being charged with tax fraud and identify theft totaling claims over more than $1.4 million.
The charges come from an initiative by U.S. Attorney's Office, the IRS and the U.S. Department of Justice to combat stolen identify and... more »
August 26, 2013 9:40 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The head of security for the administrator of BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast residents and businesses says an internal probe of alleged misconduct by an employee of a Mobile, Ala., claims center hasn't turned up any evidence of fraud. BP said it received a tip in... more »
August 14, 2013 12:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - A 66-year-old Buras man has been arrested, accused of creating a false bill of sale for a boat in order to obtain settlement money from BP. The Advocate reports Limauel Lee Watson was booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Tuesday night on counts of injuring public... more »
August 13, 2013 3:58 PM
BATON ROUGE - State health officials said recent figures show Louisiana led the nation in recovered Medicaid fraud funds last year.
The Department of Health and Hospitals said the state Medicaid fraud unit recovered more than $124 million during the past fiscal year, according to the Centers for Medicare... more »
August 6, 2013 3:30 PM
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government has accused Bank of America Corp. of civil fraud, saying the company failed to disclose risks and mislead investors in its sale of $850 million of mortgage bonds during 2008. The Justice Department filed a civil suit against the bank and two of its subsidiaries... more »
August 5, 2013 3:39 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP says it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents following the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a federal court filing Monday, BP... more »
July 17, 2013 12:04 AM
HAMMOND- The chief of BP claims dealing with the oil spill of 2010 said he's committed to fighting fraud.
A special hotline has been set-up for people to report potential fraud dealing with the disaster three years ago.
"We will pay legitimate claims but we will not pay... more »
July 15, 2013 3:11 PM
NEW ORLEANS - BP has set up a hotline for people to report alleged fraud involving claims arising from the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The launch of the hotline comes a week after a federal appeals court heard BP's argument that it has... more »
June 28, 2013 10:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- Entergy is warning customers about a scam, where con artists are trying to trick people into thinking they are late in utility payments.
The calls warn people they are late, and if they don't pay power will be disconnected within the hour.
It's totally false, the... more »
June 7, 2013 11:18 AM
BATON ROUGE - State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says two personal care attendants have been booked with Medicaid fraud for filing false claims. Caldwell said in a news release that 46-year-old Sybil M. Mashia, of Destrehan, surrendered on Thursday and 36-year-old Christi L. Moore, of Schriever, surrendered for arrest on... more »
June 4, 2013 1:30 PM
BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested a former Department of Health and Hospitals accountant today and accused her of stealing more than $1 million from the state Medicaid program, then blowing it at casinos.
Investigators charged Deborah Crowder Loper, 46, with theft by fraud, money laundering and malfeasance in office.... more »
May 31, 2013 11:52 AM
RAYVILLE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office says the former owner of a Rayville personal care services agency has pleaded guilty to defrauding the state's Medicaid program. The guilty plea was entered Thursday by 52-year-old Patricia A. Bell of Rayville. Caldwell says in a news release that Bell was charged... more »
May 23, 2013 2:18 PM
BATON ROUGE - James M. Bernhard III has been sentenced to 27 months in prison Thursday for wire fraud in connection with the theft of over $453,000 from his former law firm's trust account. Bernhard, who pleaded guilty to the wire fraud charge, surrendered his law license shortly before he... more »
May 20, 2013 11:22 AM
PINEVILLE - Rapides Parish sheriff's deputies say a complaint from a homeowner has led to an arrest. . The homeowner contracted a Pineville man for repairs after the Christmas 2012 tornado damaged his home. Deputies tell The Town Talk 58-year-old Joe Jaime was arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish... more »
May 17, 2013 12:01 PM
ZACHARY - The Louisiana Attorney General's Office announced three Zachary women have been arrested and charged with filing false Medicaid claims.
Investigators said the three women, all personal care attendants, filed timesheets claiming they were working with Medicaid recipients at the same time they were actually working for another... more »
May 14, 2013 1:27 PM
WASHINGTON - Nearly 100 people, including 11 in Louisiana, are being charged for their roles in separate Medicare scams that billed the taxpayer-funded program for roughly $223 million in bogus charges spanning eight cities. Tuesday's announcement by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder marks... more »
May 9, 2013 2:45 PM
GULFPORT, Miss.- State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has asked a judge to void a jury's finding that the company defrauded the government involving a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. Motions filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, Miss., also seek a new trial. The verdict came in April in... more »
May 6, 2013 3:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - Nearly 2,000 prisoners and drug felons received more than $1 million in food stamp payments during 2011 and 2012, according to a report from the Louisiana Auditor's office.
The state food stamp program, now known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), gave 1,761 incarcerated participants $1,107,740,... more »
April 19, 2013 10:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - A 59-year-old Baton Rouge woman has been sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to pay more than $117,000 in restitution for a tax scheme involving homebuyer credits. U.S. Attorney Donald J. Cazayoux Jr. says Brenda Matthews pleaded guilty in October to making false claims to... more »
April 4, 2013 12:51 PM
BATON ROUGE - A pastor is under investigation for the way he runs an apartment complex which houses people with mental disabilities.
Reginald Stewman faces possible jail time for IRS fraud, the Social Security Administration is looking into his business practices, and now the state is investigating if he's... more »
March 28, 2013 8:57 AM
SHREVEPORT- A 61-year-old Minden man faces charges in at least six parishes and one Texas county in connection with an alleged scam that involved selling bogus newspaper ads. Caddo Parish Sheriff Steve Prator says David Edward Dix is accused of going into several Caddo businesses and stating that he works... more »
March 19, 2013 11:20 AM
VILLE PLATTE - A 36-year-old Ville Platte man has been arrested on two counts of Medicaid fraud. The Louisiana Attorney General's Office said in news release Tuesday that Brady P. Hudspeth faces up to five years in prison and fines up to $20,000 on each count. Hudspeth was arrested Thursday... more »
February 25, 2013 11:20 AM
NEW ORLEANS - Former Jefferson Parish President Aaron Broussard must serve 46 months in prison and pay up to $280,000 for his role in separate payroll fraud and bribery schemes. U.S. District Judge Hayden Head said Monday that $214,000 will repay Jefferson Parish for fraudulently paid salaries and benefits to... more »
February 21, 2013 8:18 AM
LIVINGSTON - Livingston Parish sheriff's deputies have booked two men on three counts each of home improvement fraud. One of the men also was arrested and booked with allegedly discharging septic tank wastes on the ground near a residence in Albany. The fraud cases involve elderly victims paying for work... more »
February 20, 2013 2:36 PM
NEW ORLEANS- Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has pleaded not guilty to charges he accepted bribes, free trips and other gratuities in exchange for helping contractors secure millions of dollars in work for the city.
A 21-count indictment last month accuses Nagin of accepting more than $200,000 in... more »